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Preview: Phantoms at Penguins

Friday, October 18, 2013

Today's Matchup: Adirodnack Phantoms (1-2-1) at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (3-0-0)

Time: Game-time is 7:00pm. Broadcast coverage begins at 6:30pm on Q101.7. Click here to listen

Info: Adirondack opens a two-game weekend slate with an away contest at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton against the Penguins. The Phantoms will return home Saturday night against Springfield. Adirondack's season-opening stretch playing four of their first five games on the road concludes with tonight's game. The Phantoms will play at home for five of their next six contests after tonight.

Season Series: Today's game is the first of four meeting between the Phantoms and Penguins this year. The Penguins first visit to Glens Falls will be the night before Thankgiving on Wednesday, November 27.

Adirondack Phantoms: 1-2-1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: 3-0-0

Leading Scorers:
Adirondack - Petr Straka (0-4-4), Jason Akeson (0-4-4), Ben Holmstrom (2-1-3), Rob Bordson (2-0-2)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - Chris Conner (3-1-4), Tom Kostopolous (2-2-4)

Last Time Out:
Adirondack - Lost at Albany Devils on Monday afternoon 4-1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - Won at Syracuse Crunch on Sunday 6-3.

Milestone: Ben Holmstrom plays in his 186th all-time career game with the Phantoms today breaking the all-time record of 185 games held by Kevin Marshall.

Phantoms Spotlight: #24 Petr Straka is off to a fine start in his debut professional season. The speedster from the Czech Republic has four assists so far tying for the team lead with Jason Akeson. Straka had 41 goals last year in a big breakout season inthe Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

About the Penguins: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has qualified for the playoffs for 11 consecutive seasons, the longest current streak in the American Hockey League. Pittsburgh's affiliate has been playing at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre township since 1999-2000. This is the Penguins' 15th season in the American Hockey League.
34-year-old captain Tom Kostopolous has played over 1000 career professional games including over 600 in the NHL. He starred for the team for four seasons from 1999-00 through 2002-03 and has now returned to northeast Pennsylvania in the twilight of his career. He is the all-time leader in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins history in games played (335), goals (100), assists (153) and points (253).



Friday, October 18 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Saturday, October 19 (7:00) - Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms

Friday, October 24 (7:00) - Norfolk Admirals at Adirondack Phantoms

Saturday, October 25 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators


25 Terrific Seasons

Glens Falls is celebrating its 25th season hosting an AHL team and in so doing now joins an elite group of only 12 other cities who can make such a claim. It's a great hockey tradition with an old-school feel that began with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1979 who won four Calder Cups in their 20-year run at the GFCC. The Adirondack Phantoms began play in Glens Falls in 2009-2010 and are beginning their fifth season.





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